The Falles (The Fallas)

Event or Heritage: 
Event
The Falles (Fallas in Spanish) is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain from March 14 through March 19. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration. Each neighborhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, who works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the noted dish, paella, a specialty of the region. Each Casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt. During Falles, many people wear their Casal faller dress of regional and historical costumes from different eras of Valencia’s history. The dolçaina (an oboe-like reed instrument) and tabalet (a kind of Valencian drum) are frequently heard, as most of the different Casal fallers have their own traditional bands. Valencia is known as the Silk city of Spain. By looking at the elaborate costumes worn by the falleras one will appreciate the beauty of Valencian silk. Delicate hand-made fabrics with colorful floral designs or gold satin that shines in the Mediterranean sun, the fallera dresses are true works of art.
Start date: 
Tue, 03/14/2017
End date: 
Sun, 03/19/2017
Silk Road key areas of work: 
Marketing and Promotion
Type of activity: 
Festival
Name of the Organization: 
Valencia Tourism
Type of the Organizer: 
Government
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Location

Avenida Cortes Valencianas, 41
46015 Valencia
Spain
39° 27' 50.148" N, 0° 22' 9.894" W